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You want to edit your photos or images quickly and from anywhere? In this case the online image editor Pixlr is right for you!
Pixlr is a free flash based online image editor that is simple and easy to use for the beginner and has enough hooks for advanced users.
The clear and well structured application almost resembles professional tools like Photoshop and GIMP - so if you have used any of these, then its pretty easy to handle Pixlr. Although the features are less advanced, tools such as layers, image adjustments, filters, layer transparencies and reading of .PSD-files are only examples of Pixlr’s capabilities.
The Online Photo Editor looks a lot like a desktop application (especially in its full-screen mode), but it runs right in your browser. All you need is Adobe Flash.
Pixlr's Express Photo-Editor is created for quick and simple photo adjustments. This flash based image editing tool has a quite clean menu with 3 sections: Basic, Adjustments and Photo effects. That's all. If you think Photo Editor is to complicated or has to much features for your needs - then you should give Express Photo-Editor a try. As its big brother you can start it in your browser directly without installation. You need the Adobe Flash plugin activated in your browser.
Tool to calculate times of sunrise and sunset, twilight ("Blue Hour") and "Golden Hour" ("Magic Hour") for a given geographic location.
The "Blue Hour" is a mostly short period of time direct before sunrise and after sunset. The duration of this outstanding mood of light varies. In the middle European area the Blue Hour typically persists between 30 and 50 minutes. In e.g. more northern locations - as Fairbanks (Alaska) or Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) it lasts up to 5 or 6 hours. If you are closer to the equatorial area the period of time is much less. The name "Blue Hour" comes from the blue colored sky. This characteristic blue is based on the fact that there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness as the sun is below the horizon. Another impression is the mixture of the blue natural and the warm artificially lights.
The "Golden Hour", sometimes called "Magic Hour" is a time frame shortly after sunrise and before sunset. The sun is near the horizon and the light, with its golden color, is very warm. These facts give photos more structure and an outstanding mood of light. As the "Blue Hour" the duration of the "Golden Hour" with its special charm depends on the geographic location.